Although Mike Ribeiro is in the midst of his longest goal-scoring drought this season, the Dallas Stars are getting by just fine without their leading scorer.
The Pacific Division-leading Stars look to win their third straight game when they continue a five-game road trip against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.
Dallas (25-16-14) opened its swing with a 3-1 victory over Chicago on Wednesday, its second straight following a season-high four-game losing streak. The Stars have scored six goals in their last two games after totaling only four during the skid.
"Working hard, kind of grinding through games (has) been (a) successful recipe all year," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said of his team, which is second in the Western Conference with 132 goals.
Stu Barnes scored a go-ahead, short-handed goal with 6:04 left in the third period on Wednesday. Barnes has five of his six goals this season in his last nine games, including one in the Stars' 5-4 shootout win over the Blues on Dec. 29.
Ribeiro, meanwhile, has been held without a goal in a season-high six straight since scoring his team-leading 21st goal in that game to set a new personal best for goals in a single season. Ribeiro, who also leads Dallas with 46 points, signed a new five-year contract worth $25 million earlier this week.
Mike Modano, who scored in the win over the Blues, had a season-high three assists against the Blackhawks.
Goaltender Marty Turco finished with 17 saves against Chicago, but hasn't faced St. Louis this season. He's 8-4-1 with one tie, a 1.94 goals-against average and two shutouts lifetime against the Blues, but is 1-2-1 with a 2.51 GAA in his last four starts against them.
Backup Mike Smith had 27 saves in the win earlier this season against St. Louis, but has allowed five goals in losing two starts since.
The Blues (21-14-5) are 3-0-1 since falling to the Stars. St. Louis registered a season high in goals in Tuesday's 6-1 win over Columbus after scoring a total of five in its previous three games.
"Once they do start going in, everyone starts getting momentum and starts feeling good," said the Blues' Andy McDonald, who had two goals and an assist on Tuesday. "We had four lines contributing and we were very good in our own zone."
Manny Legace had another solid performance, stopping 17 shots. He hadn't allowed a goal in a team-record 187 minutes and 39 seconds before the Blue Jackets' Rick Nash scored 4:34 into the third period.
Legace did not play in last month's loss to the Stars, and hasn't faced them since stopping 22 shots in a 2-0 win on Feb. 3. He is 4-2-2 with one tie and a 1.58 GAA all-time against the Stars, and is 3-0-1 with an incredible 0.70 GAA and two shutouts in his last five games against them.
Paul Kariya leads the Blues with 23 assists and 34 points, but has been held without a point in eight of his last nine games. His only game in that span with a point was against the Stars, as he had a season-high three goals.